Originally Posted by zabeard
being as you are older you got to do several things in your life that some of us will never get to do with current prices.
Whats sad.. This is NOT the first time I have seen this whole thing though.. ( more below ).
do i think we had it coming? sure. but i dont want it to come, no more enjoying the open road or driving to meets 3 hours away, its just not worth it anymore.
One of those ' several things ' in my life was Carters oil embargo and seeing lines for gas pumps. Fuel rationing.
We all think we have it so bad till we reflect onto other things. Its tough to see anothers point when you haven't lived through it but one side will know the past and be able to compare.
To myself.. this is ' nothing new '. I would have thought that after what happened in the late 70's, there would be an ' awakening ' so we wouldn;t let a senario like the past one happen again. That ' rainy day ' came again, this time, on a new set of heads to pour upon. a different generation as well as some from the past ones.
Instead of putting away for that rainy day, we dug in even deeper. We limited our options and those holding the rain sat back and laughed waiting to pour it all upon us.
We had a thread on here a while back, the one TommyC from Cali and I disagreed upon. He believed teh government could do something to ease ' pump pains ' and such.. welp.. It looks like that ' gas tax holiday ' ( I mentioned removing the taxes being all they could really do ) has come to light.
The problem is, its FAR from a solution.
Theres really 2 options that are viable.
1.) Bankrupt everyone on our present course. Surely, when folks cannot afford to buy fuel to go to their dream jobs 30 miles away and make a livable wage, they will turn to crime or ' other means ' to satisfy their need for purchases ( food, electric, heating costs durring the winter ). Crime rates going up? Riots maybe?
One thing for sure with choice#1 is.. a lot of unhappy people that might cause a lot of disorder and it sux to the the ' government ' when its THEIR policies and the idiots that pull their strings that didn;t learn from the past at all.
2.) Kick the greenies in the teeth and tell them ' your polar bears and owls mean nothing to me if I can't feed my family. to the gallows with you ' and excise them and their policies of starving mankind out of existence.
The reality of the situation : We polute. China pollutes TWICE as bad. If we stop putting out emissions, China won't. We don't elect those in China and we surely cannot tell them what they can or cannot do. If we quit using fossil fuels, other nations will pick up the tab where we left a gap and run with it till the demand is re-filled. They are QUITE the growing industrialized nation ( IE: USA durring WWII. ).
So, we should do ' our part ' once more and pay all the planets bills by eating higher fuel costs and worry about feeding ourselves? We should just take the burden for all those other nations that won't even stand up for themselves?
Sorry, enough is enough. Open ANWR and the Gulf Coast while working on a process to become less dependant on other nations for ANYTHING!